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Natalia Nikonorova commented the decoupling of forces and means in the area of Stanitsa Luganskaya

We welcome the held decoupling of forces and means in the area of ​​the village near Lugansk, as well as all efforts that the mediators of negotiation process put in to help us convince official Kiev of the need to do what it had to, but has sabotaged for three years.

However, I would like to emphasize that in order to fully implement the Framework Decision, the Ukrainian authorities should ensure, in their turn, the restoration of parity in the two other areas: the villages of Petrovskoye and Zolotoe, where the armed forces of Ukraine regained their forces and means, thereby disrupting the previously performed decoupling.

Taking into account today's first positive step in the long three years towards the fulfillment of the security agreements, further actions are needed to synchronize this progress with another one on the political track. We urge the Ukrainian party to start working in parallel in all areas of the implementation of the Minsk agreements and, in particular, to urgently start agreeing on the enactment of the law on Donbass special status, based on Steinmeier’s formula.